Yesterday I posted a photo of a pair of hummingbirds sharing a feeder. It was on Friday evening of my visit to WV. I was sitting out on the deck watching the sun drop behind the hill while my supper cooked on the grill. The male (on the right) stayed on the feeder continuously. If a female came, he would allow her to share the feeder. Another male approached a few times and was chased away. I imagined it was the male was hanging out waiting for his sweetheart and didn’t want to risk another male catching her eye.
By Saturday afternoon, the storyline running through my imagination had been replaced by thoughts that this fellow was just a bit greedy and didn’t really what to share the feeder with anyone else. He appeared to be heavier than all the others – if hummingbirds can ever be “heavy” – and he seemed to be a bit of a bully. When he wasn’t sitting on the feeder, he would perch on a decorative plant hook or post and watch the feeder. As soon as another hummingbird came close he would chase them away.
He is in these two photos from Saturday afternoon on the right – his normal perch on the feeder.